I’ve had this cache on my watch list for some time, and finally got some time to run down and find it. Not sure how it originally caught my eye, but mentions of abandoned bridges and babbling streams had me envisioning an awesome cache.
The bridge was a bit disappointing. The original bridge was re-decked at some point in its past and now it just looks like a hack. Shame. The old iron bridge looks like it was beautiful in it’s time. The natural views were awesome though. I’m thinking this area needs another cache or two for sure. I’m also thinking that there will be a photo shoot or two here!
I stopped by the small and quiet Dodds Cemetary while I was out scouting for locations for a photoshoot yesterday mostly because I wanted to consult the map and didn’t want to try to do so while moving on the bike.
As it turns out, the geocache name makes a reference to the hours visitors are allowed in the cemetary. I found the cache without a lot of trouble, but when I got within probably 50 feet of it, I had to continue with geosense, because the GPS was all over the map!
In logging the cache, I discovered that others had reported this phenomenon as well. In particular, there was another cache here previously, and many of those cachers reported the GPS problem too. Ghosts perhaps?
In any case, I think it’s disrespectful to hunt for a cemetary hide and not spend some time seeing the stones and learning about the history. Apparently there are five veterans here, although I didn’t see them all. Dodds was also a stop on the CLN Railroad, of which I have some interest, and was the northern terminus for some time. I know I’ll be researching this further as I look into what remains of the CLN. Here’s my specific log for the cache.
I’m excited to report that my geocache: Doc’s Adventures #2 has been placed and submitted for review. Hopefully they’ll get it reviewed and posted soon!
Doc’s Adventures #2 takes the geocacher to an island on the Great Miami River that’s just upstream from the Wayne Madison Bridge. Without too much trouble, you can reach it by paddling upstream, or it would make a good stop on a run downstream.
I placed it last night by parking at the old Wayne Madison bridge, putting in near there and paddling upstream. Current was running about 3000 CFS on the Middletown Gauge, but as long as I was careful about where I was in the stream, it wasn’t too hard of a paddle.
I landed on the island and scoped out a suitable spot, before cabling the cache to a tree and covering it with debris. On a future visit, I’ll be bringing along some trash bags to haul out some of the man-made debris on the island. It doesn’t look like it gets heavily used, but the few users that do visit, can’t seem to be bothered to pick up after themselves.
After I placed the cache, I decided I’d try to circumnavigate the island. Since I already knew the current passing the island in the larger north channel was pretty steep, I floated down around the downstream point, and paddled up the smaller southerly channel. I made it about 3/4 the way up the island before I ran into current too heavy to paddle. From there, I walked and pulled the boat to the island tip and was glad I did, because I was able to scout out a dangerous strainer on that channel, just after the split from the main river.
From there, I pulled the boat over to the main channel and enjoyed the float back down to the launch.